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Ever wanted to challenge yourself artistically? Write a story every day, photograph something or illustrate something on a regular basis? John Urbancik has done that, on a grand scale: InkStains was originally a year-long daily writing project, in which he wrote a story a day every day for a year. By hand. Now, as he attempts to do this for a third time, he’ll share with you his secrets of how it’s done. Or maybe you just want to hear some of the stories that have resulted from this. InkStains is now a weekly podcast featuring stories of any and every genre as well as discussions about creativity and personal challenges and what it takes to make a thing – and the kinds of scars and stains that might leave.

May 30, 2018



To build suspense in fiction,
we look at the movies.
Psycho and The Matrix: Reloaded
and look at the motorcycle freeway chase.
We discuss conflict,
and issue a new
InkStains challenge
with multiple possibilities.
Then we talk about music,
the listening of music,
and the advantages of vinyl
over iPhone music
broadcast on weak FM bands
to your car stereo.
Stories this week include
Starry Night,
a King in Yellow,
and a clock.

John Urbancik discusses
writing, photography, art, and creativity,
and also reads stories.